1. Early voting starts today
Residents in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle can cast their ballots for the Nov. 7 elections starting today. View Q&As of each candidate running for city council by visiting www.communityimpact.com/vote.
2. San Marcos Fire Department to buy cardiac treatment devices with new grant money
The San Marcos Fire Department has received a federal grant to equip each fire station’s main fire truck and the battalion chief’s vehicle with life-saving cardiac treatment devices. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program awarded the department $332,182 with a match from the city of $33,218 for six LifePak 15 monitors and six Lucas mechanical chest compression systems which will help first responders identify and treat life-threatening cardiac conditions as well as enable automated and continuous closed-chest compressions for cardiac patients.
3. San Marcos Planning and Zoning to consider zoning change for retirement living, care facilities along Hunter Road
San Marcos city staff have recommended approving a zoning change that would allow Halcyon Concepts to build retirement living and care facilities for persons age 55 or greater or persons with disabilities requiring regular care. Each dwelling unit. Planning and zoning commissioners will consider the rezoning to a Planned Development District that allows this type of use at the corner of McCarty Lane and Hunter Road on Tuesday. The commission's full agenda can be found here.
4. Kyle rolls out new pilot program for leasing vehicles
The city of Kyle will partner with Enterprise to lease vehicles for city use. The pilot program, which City Council approved Oct. 17, will be used to see whether the city saves on repair costs. Under the fleet pilot program, Kirby Watson of Enterprise said the city could see a 79 percent repair cost reduction.
5. FEMA delays appeal and comment period for flood maps
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has pushed back the date Hays County residents can submit comments and appeals on the new flood maps, released April 7. The comment and appeal period will now open in February. It was originally slated to begin in October or November.